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Brede goes public


Fulham legend Brede Hangeland criticised Felix Magath and the club in an interview on Sky Sports, over his notification by email to go and the stern style of the manager. Reading the Fulham Independent forum, opinion is divided.

On one hand, fans say that at 33 he was over the hill and did not have a good season. It’s argued that it’s sour grapes from an old pro that the club is moving on. Whilst acknowledging some truth in this view, I have been singing from the same hymn sheet as Brede all season, namely the lack of connection. Fulham’s old telegram address was Fulhamish and this was adopted in the club lexicon as the right, if sometimes eccentric, way of going about our business.

Nick Cusack, who played in the Micky Adams promotion team without which there may have been no Al Fayed to take the club to the top flight, said “playing with Fulham stays with you”. Brede transparently loved the club he served so well for 6 seasons but was effectively told he was  not wanted by email. The contract  had a release clause and his wages were a cost to be cut in the championship, but there is a Fulhamish way of doing things and this was not it. Brede is arguably our greatest-ever defender: at 6′ 5″ he was commanding in the air but he had other attributes too: he could dribble, had an accurate, sometimes telling, pass and superb positional sense. He deserved better. I have done his windows and believe he would have understood the commercial rationale. In short it was the manner, not the motive.


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3 Comments on Brede goes public

  1. Avatar photo fulham_nutter // July 10, 2014 at 7:55 pm //

    Who needs Brede? I mean, c’mon, we held Glasgow Rangers — glorified Sunday leaguers — to four goals behind closed doors today.

  2. Avatar photo Motspur Parker // July 11, 2014 at 6:09 am //

    The close alignment to your long-held, and oft-articulated, view is noted. So are you Brede’s source, or is he your source?

    • Avatar photo The National Rust // July 12, 2014 at 8:16 am //

      A good journo does not disclose his source but I will quote one of them ” we used to have manners”

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